The Past, Present and Future of Hip Hop (and Sneakers)

06/25/2009 1:16 PM |

24fc/1245949650-sneakerpimps.jpgTomorrow, the hip hop tour and sneaker show Sneaker Pimps makes its New York stop at Terminal 5, and the lineup features an interesting cross-section of where hip hop has been for the last decade and where it’s headed. The vets include Big Boi (Outkast’s less eccentric half) and Jadakiss, experts of the smooth gangsta-pimp shtick of old, whose best contemporary incarnation, The Clipse will also perform (and their new album, if the first single is anything to go by, is going to be ridiculous).

Meanwhile, up-and-comers The Cool Kids and Wale meld old-school braggadocio, a retro sense of humor (think A Tribe Called Quest) with the new school’s super-self conscious fashion obsessions and romantic tendencies (think early, sensitive LL Cool J). Don’t miss this chance to catch hip hop in the midst of a generational shift (and, if you’re a sneaker collector, pick up some crisp limited editions). Click here for details and tickets for tomorrow’s Sneaker Pimps show (Terminal 5, doors at 8pm, $25/$30 at the door).

I’m especially partial to D.C.’s ridiculously talented Wale, who’s unstoppable these days (he just released a great new mixtape, a worthy follow-up to last year’s Seinfeld-themed The Mixtape About Nothing), and the first single off his forthcoming major label debut (“Chillin,” produced by Cool & Dre and featuring Lady Gaga) is spectacular. Don’t miss the line: “dark liquor ’til we buzzin’/ ’til I got a buzz like that nigga Chris Mullin“: